Meet the Christian Counseling Associates Team

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Executive Director

Mike Flynn, LCSW, BCD, TRX

Mike is not only a man of many talents, he is also a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm. In addition to his duties as Executive Director of Resource Guidance Services/ Christian Counseling Associates, he has served as a facilitator for Crisis Care Network (CISD),a parent educator, a speaker on various subjects relevant to family relationships and stress management, and a field instructor for several area Universities in the masters of counseling degree programs. Mike has always had a heart for adoptive families. He has assisted over 100 families to adopt their child.


Alla Lerner-Brandon, MD

Dr. Alla Lerner-Brandon is a Board Certified General Adult Psychiatrist who works with individuals who are 18 to 60 years old. Her clinical interests lie in working with individuals who have depression, anxiety, adjustment, or psychotic disorders. Having always been interested in becoming a physician, it was in medical school the Dr. Lerner-Brandon noticed the stigma attached to being a psychiatric patient. She could not accept that having a mental health problem is less acceptable than having a medical or surgical problem.Desiring not to be among the many people who overlook the very real pain experienced by those with psychological conditions.

Licensed Therapists

Earl Allen, LPC, MA, M. Div.

Earl has been with RGS since 2003 and works part-time due to a disability. He specializes in Family Systems and works with whole families as well as doing individual work in areas of Relationship issues, Panic and Generalized Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar and ADD/ADHD.
He runs two men’s groups in addiction and relationship building. He leads a weekly group for panic and anxiety disorders. All aspects of his work are around Family systems issues. He also works with children and teens with ADD and ADHD using sand tray and clay as his mediums.

Margaret Bauman White, LCSW, LICSW

It would be an honor to be your partner in the process of self-discovery. As a psychotherapist and a consultant, my focus is personal insight development and relationship enhancement through the method of “TAZA Insight." Life transitions, specifically midlife and workplace relationship challenges, are areas of specialty. My understanding has been enriched by years living in the energy of New Jersey and California, in the tradition of Boston, by raising three sons in the quiet of Vermont, and now in the warmth of Virginia. I have practiced on a college campus, in community mental health, in manufacturing, administrative, and health care venues, and in private practice.

Cristina Brown, LPC , NCC, CT

Cristina worked as a missionary for two decades, mainly in French and Spanish speaking countries, visiting over 30 countries and living in three different continents. Her experience in getting to know diverse populations and cultures helped her to develop a special interest in encouraging those who were struggling. Their potential was evident and they were trying their best, but trauma and emotional roadblocks were hindering them from building healthy relationships, and achieving their dreams.

Joshua Fair, LPC, MA

Joshua brings a wealth of life experience to Christian Counseling Associates. Prior to entering the counseling profession Josh served 28 years in the military. His military experience ranges from enlisted submarine service to deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a cavalry officer. As a leader, he was often the first person a soldier or sailor would turn to for personal, marital or family help. His experience working with people from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds has given Josh a deep respect for how people adapt and grow through the events of their lives.

Mike Ingram, LPC

Originally from Staunton, VA Mike graduated from Grove City College (PA) with a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. He continued his studies at Regent University (VA) where he received his Master’s degree in Counseling. While working toward his Master’s degree Mike completed an internship at Christopher Newport University in the Office of Counseling Services.

After finishing his graduate work at Regent, Mike completed his counseling residency in Charlottesville, VA treating at-risk youth and their families.

Claire Lewis, MA

Claire specializes in helping clients navigate the grief/loss process, women’s issues, and phase of life concerns, including career transitions. Claire also enjoys working with clients from vocational ministry and cross-cultural backgrounds. Claire completed her residency program at the Barnabas Center in Richmond and earned her Master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. Prior to her graduate work, Claire earned a B.A. in Health Communication from James Madison University (Go Dukes!).

Rick Liverman, LCSW

Roderick (Rick) Liverman, LCSW has worked in both mental health and medical settings as a clinical social worker since he obtained his MSW in 1981. He has most recently worked as a mental health emergency services clinician for twenty five years. He is interested in working with adults experiencing medical issues that have impacted the functioning of the individual and their family. Rick also works with clients who have experienced life change grief.

Katrina Mansinon, MSW, LCSW

Katrina holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, San Bernardino and is now a LCSW. She has recently opened a new office location in downtown Farmville and is available to the surrounding communities. She accepts most insurances, including Tricare, Medicare, and Medicaid. Trina works with couples, male and female adults of all ages, adolescents and children. She also occasionally facilitates groups. Prior to obtaining her master’s degree; Trina’s primary focus was in raising her four children.

Deb McPhee, LPC

Deb McPhee is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with 20 years’ experience working in her community as a mental health and substance dependence recovery therapist. She received her master’s degree in community mental health from Regent University, Virginia Beach.

Deb helps adults and families identify their personal strengths to persevere through their trials with confidence and hope, while offering the opportunity to include their faith in creating a plan of health, clarity, and possibilities.

Mark Murphy, LPC

Mark Murphy has been a licensed professional counselor almost 20 years. He works with adolescents and adults on issues related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and long-term mental illness. He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Psychotherapy, and mindfulness techniques to partner with his clients in their recovery. He believes in utilizing a holistic approach to help persons improve their lives, not just to make it through the crisis confronting them.

Kathryn Parker, LPC, NCC, CT

Kathryn received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University and graduated with Honors in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regent University. Kathryn is a Certified Traumatologist specializing in trauma and offers EMDR. Kathryn traveled with the Regent University Trauma Team to Nicaragua addressing the crisis and trauma in their lives. Kathryn also provides corporate consulting navigating difficult situations that often require Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Additionally, Kathryn is trained as a Mental Health Provider in the Collaborative Law process.

Rusty Small, LPC, M. Div, PhD

Rusty developed a desire to learn about counseling from his encounters with real people with real problems within the life of the church and community. He views counseling as a means to develop emotionally and spiritually. Rusty is a committed Christian counselor because he believes that through an encounter with Jesus one experiences legitimate life change.

Micah Smith, LPC, MA

Originally, from Buffalo, NY, Micah relocated to the Richmond area with her husband and three children in 2016. Micah enjoys working with adolescents and adults struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse concerns, and trauma. Micah works from a strengths-based approach that is tailored to meet the unique needs of the individual. Micah incorporates theories and techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, solution focused therapy, and motivational interviewing.

Siara Stewart, LPC, M.Ed

Siara Stewart graduated with her M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lynchburg College in 2018. Siara has had ample experience with a variety of populations to include adults, adolescents and children. When working with adolescents and children, she believes through Play Therapy and non-directive approaches, children have the opportunity to process events non-verbally, allowing for a more natural flow to the therapeutic relationship. Siara has experience working with adults and children struggling with ADHD, substance abuse concerns, trauma, depression and anxiety. Siara believes strongly in person centered and cognitive behavior approaches, individualizing each therapeutic experience to the client.

Donna Westcott, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who loves helping individuals, couples, and families. I start by providing a safe environment for you to share what is on your heart. I listen without judgment and help you see what you’ve been doing right, what your strengths are, and how you can harness them to bring health to the areas where you are struggling.

Jackie Williams, LPC, MA

Jackie believes that loving, self acceptance, and a sense of one’s calling are the basics of a healthy and fulfilling life. For those with Christian faith, she believes that seeing yourself through God’s perspective and fulfilling your calling are foundational for a life of peace and joy. She enjoys working with anyone who feels the need to clean out negative beliefs about self and life and to instead embrace truthful beliefs about yourself, your life, and your future. Jackie believes that no person is so broken that they are out of God’s sight, care, or reach for healing. Jackie specializes in EMDR as part of her comprehensive healing path.

Rick Wilson, PhD, LPC, LMFT

Rick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. He earned his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in psychology from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Resource Guidance Counselors, Rick worked as the Director of the Rapha Christian Program at Millwood Hospital. He was also a lead therapist for the Rapid Assessment and Prevention team at Dallas Metrocare Services, and has worked in several other private practice settings as well.

Pastoral Counselor

Tracci Parham, MA

Tracci Parham earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a concentration in crisis and trauma care from Liberty University. Tracci has 25 years of experience as a social worker; 17 years of which were as an entrepreneur working with families in crisis, parenting teens, and children and young adults who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect.

Resident Counselors

Annie Abernethy, MA

Annie grew up overseas to missionary parents and has lived in many unique situations both abroad and Stateside. She is also a wife and a mother of three grown sons, one of whom has special needs. These experiences have contributed greatly to her desire to understand culture, religion, psychology, and how people mature through their own particular environments and life events.

Mandy DeHart, MA

I consider it a privilege to come alongside others through their journey. I have found pain to be a powerful agent of change in our lives. Despite the cause of our pain, it can be a place to deepen our understanding of who we are, where we’ve been and who we want to become. My hope is to come alongside you through a process of self-discovery to find solutions tailored to your specific needs that will ultimately lead to resolution, confidence, and peace. My experience includes 10+ years of pastoral counseling and 3+ years of clinical counseling.

Laura Diemer, MSW

Laura graduated from VCU with a Masters in Social Work in 2012 and has served as a counselor in a variety of settings. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, a strength based approach, and art therapy tools in her practice. Laura can evaluate for ADHD and help clients with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and trauma. As a counselor she has worked with clients of all ages, with a focus on young adults and individuals working through life stage transitions.

Scott Gilchrist, MSW

Scott works with hurting families to help empower them towards their life goals and improved overall total health. He utilizes a combination of Systems Strengths Based Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-based approach, Solution Focused Therapy as well as integrating up to date training and trauma research such as EMDR & Neurofeedback into treatment plans. Scott uses a Holistic approach and different modalities along with the Power of Christ and His strength in his approach of healing health in mind, body and spirit.

Julie Graham, MA, M Ed

Julie has completed her graduate training at Liberty University. Prior to earning her Master’s in Professional Counseling, she also obtained a Master’s of Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has worked over 18 years for non-profits offering services in long-term health care and community programming.

Her approaches in therapy include cognitive-behavioral, narrative, strengths focused, and reality therapy. Some of her specific areas of interest include helping adults and adolescents who struggle with depression, anxiety, self-worth, adjustment issues, relationship challenges, codependency, and PTSD. She has experience treating ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, and grief.

Marilyn Hembrick, MA

Marilyn earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling at Liberty University and thereafter, she moved into a position as a resident in counseling. Marilyn has a Pastoral Care and Counseling diploma and a certificate in Formational Prayer in which she has utilized in her leadership roles in women ministry groups, youth mentoring programs, and as a volunteer at the YWCA Women’s shelter. Recently, Marilyn completed her training as a Certified Traumatologist. As a trauma therapist, Marilyn assists clients to get beyond the trauma and develop ways to cope with resulting emotions.

Caroline Ingram, MA

Caroline grew up in upstate NY and relocated to Virginia to earn her Master’s degree in Community Counseling. She has a diverse set of skills working within the business sector as well as in case management and clinical roles via a variety of settings including outpatient, in-home, and hospitals. She utilizes a strength-based approach and focuses on treating issues related to trauma, grief/loss, self-esteem, developing healthier relationships, depression, and navigating the struggles of life.

Rev. Nancy W. Lynch

Nancy is a Resident in Counseling at Christian Counseling Associates.  She has a passion for helping those who feel lost and struggling with relationship issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and those who do not have a voice to speak about their pain. Her active listening skills provide a safe place for individuals to describe and reveal the nature of their deepest emotional concerns. Nancy’s diverse broad life experiences and education equip her to relate to broad range of situations and provide treatment plans and interventions for both individuals, families and married couples.

Ron McKinney, MA,

Ron serves the people of Nottaway, Prince Edward, Lunenburg, Cumberland, and Amelia Counties with office locations in FARMVILLE and CREWE and a planned office in BLACKSTONE, Virginia.

He works with teens, young adults, and adults on all sorts of issues ranging from emotional struggles and relationship difficulties to helping people maneuver through major life transitions. He does this by conducting individual, couples, family, and group counseling. No matter a person’s ethnicity, belief system or lifestyle, Ron’s main objective is to help them overcome obstacles to a healthy and balanced sense of self and wellbeing. He approaches

Dave Mills, MSW

David Mills is an active duty Air Force navigator and Ironman triathlete with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dave’s concentration is helping men with addictiontrauma, and relationship challenges. As a father of 4, Dave’s goal is to give you the tools you need to get back on course quickly without wasting your time or money.

Christine Nicola, MA

Having lived in different countries and experienced a variety of cultures. I know how one’s unique upbringing can affect a person’s life. I was born in Egypt, grew up in a German school and became accustomed to the German learning style, values, and way of living. I eventually lived in British Columbia, Canada. About 11 years ago, I got married and moved to the USA. I have 2 little kids, and they are the blessings of my life. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and pursued my Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. Currently I am completing my residency in LPC. I speak 4 languages: Arabic, German, French, and English.

Lauren Rowell, MA

Lauren Rowell is an intern from Liberty University who plans to graduate in May 2020. After graduation, she plans to pursue her License as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Lauren is currently working part-time in the administrative office and is assisting the office manager.

Cheryl St. Denis, MA, CT

Cheryl’s mission is to live her life victoriously, as a testimony to the transforming power of Christ, using wisdom to bring healing and wholeness to others with all my ability, passion, and enthusiasm. Before pursuing a master’s degree, Cheryl worked for over 12 years as a prayer counselor in her church. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Richmond and then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. She continually pursues the most up to date and research based tools and techniques.

Office Staff

Ila Hastings - Office Manager

lla joined Resource Guidance in the spring of 2005. She has had extensive office management and bookkeeping experience, working previously as a secretary and bookkeeper for St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Powhatan for nearly 13 years. Ila coordinates with our billing company sending all client info, payments and needed corrections or adjustments. She is responsible for bookkeeping, payroll, tax reports, record keeping needed for RGS, and is always available for questions and concerns.

Lauren Rowell, Office Assistant Intern

Lauren Rowell is an intern from Liberty University who plans to graduate in May 2020. After graduation, she plans to pursue her License as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Lauren is currently working part-time in the administrative office and is assisting the office manager.

Pet Therapists

Dr. T Flynn, CGC

My name is Dr. T Flynn. I am a therapy dog. My trainer was Amanda Nepomuceno, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and I am a proud recipient of the “Canine Good Citizen” award.
My off-duty activities include: chasing my sister (Lady Lee), home security surveillance, neighborhood watch program, playing ball and running in circles.
Some of my favorites are: chicken and rice and my hairstyle is “The Mr. T mohawk”. My best friend is Jackie Williams and we love to watch the movie: “Lady and the Tramp” together with Lady Lee.

Lady Lee Flynn

My name is Lady Lee Flynn and I am a therapy dog. I completed my obedience training course with Amanda Nepomuceno, Certified Professional Dog Trainer.
My off-duty activities include: chasing Mr. T (my brother), tennis ball retrieval and hiking at Robious Landing. I have developed an interest in bird watching and gecko watching. At home I enjoy supervising Mike in his woodshop.
Some of my favorites are: Dried liver treats, hanging out with my best friend: Jackie Williams, enjoying the PBS Nature Channel and Fox News Live. My favorite hair style is “Gauchos” with a trimmed face.